Pimp

"OK"

Pimp Review


There's a lurid atmosphere to this low-budget film that efficiently plunges us into a place that's almost overwhelmingly seedy. But the filmmakers fudge their faux doc structure and don't create a single character we care about.

A documentary crew is spending a week with low-life pimp Woody (Cavanah) on the streets of London, but what begins as an average series of events soon spirals into something much more sinister as Woody tries to protect his favourite hooker Bo (Chan) from the Chinese mafia while being pressured by his gangster boss (Dyer). Woody's life is full of movers and shakers, all buzzing around on their own specific errands, just like he is. Surely one of them knows what happened to a Ukrainian prostitute who has gone missing.

Filmmaker-actor Cavanah ambitiously packs in a huge number of important characters while keeping things moving so briskly that we can barely keep up.

Scenes are crowded with everyone from porn stars to boxers, plus of course the men and women working in the sex trade. The result is dry and often darkly funny, and the doc-style photography is effective at creating the sleazy atmosphere with heavy echoes of Taxi Driver.

The actors all play up to the cameras, which adds some authenticity even if it prevents us from believing anything they say. Cavanah's Woody is witty and sometimes full of righteous rage, but we're never concerned about what might happen to him. In fact, no one in the film engages our sympathies; even Chan's victimised Bo is clearly a tough cookie. And while most of the characters seem to be in slightly over their heads in this sordid business, we can't help but feel that they deserve whatever they get.

It does help to have charismatic actors like Dyer, Boyd and Compston on board, although they also undermine the film's documentary pretentions. As does the convoluted climax, which is actually shot as a narrative feature with "concealed camera" cutaways to distract us. In the end, everyone on screen begins to feel rather cartoonish and over-the-top. They're watchable because the film is fast and slick, but it's also distastefully misogynistic and grim.



Pimp

Facts and Figures

Genre: Dramas

Run time: 91 mins

In Theaters: Friday 21st May 2010

Production compaines: Coppola Productions, Jubilee Pictures, The Mews Post Production, Premiere Picture, Triple S Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

IMDB: 2.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , Paul de Vos, Crispin Manson, Matthew Stradling, Royd Tolkien

Starring: as Woody, as Stanley, as Chief, as Bo, Robert Fucilla as Vincent, Barbara Nedeljakova as Petra, Hilary Hamilton as Eve, Scarlett Alice Johnson as Lizzy, as Byron, as Zeb

Also starring:

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

X-Men: Apocalypse Movie Review

X-Men: Apocalypse Movie Review

This closing chapter of the First Class trilogy falls into the same trap as The...

Sing Street Movie Review

Sing Street Movie Review

A buoyant celebration of the power of music, this is the third blissfully entertaining musical...

Departure Movie Review

Departure Movie Review

Complex, dark and very moving, this British drama never makes things easy for the audience,...

Everybody Wants Some!! Movie Review

Everybody Wants Some!! Movie Review

Richard Linklater loosely follows on from two of his most acclaimed films with this lively...

Our Kind of Traitor Movie Review

Our Kind of Traitor Movie Review

John le Carre's novel is adapted with plenty of inventive style into a remarkably personal...

The Angry Birds Movie Movie Review

The Angry Birds Movie Movie Review

There's nothing particularly memorable about this frantic animated romp, which adapts the iconic phone-app game...

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising [Bad Neighbours 2] Movie Review

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising [Bad Neighbours 2] Movie Review

While it's amusing and sometimes very funny, there's an air of desperation about this sequel...

Advertisement
Florence Foster Jenkins Movie Review

Florence Foster Jenkins Movie Review

Although this comedy-drama seems to have been written specifically to give Meryl Streep a chance...

I Saw the Light Movie Review

I Saw the Light Movie Review

Writer-director Marc Abraham gets ambitious with this biopic about iconic country music star Hank Williams,...

Captain America: Civil War Movie Review

Captain America: Civil War Movie Review

After the formulaic thrills of The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron, Marvel's Avengers were...

Son of Saul Movie Review

Son of Saul Movie Review

From Hungary, this year's Oscar-winning foreign film is a remarkably fresh take on the Holocaust...

Demolition Movie Review

Demolition Movie Review

With its darkly emotive themes and brittle humour, this well-made drama by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas...

Bastille Day Movie Review

Bastille Day Movie Review

An attempt to muscle in on Luc Besson's Taken-style of thriller, this is an odd...

Secret Cinema Presents: 28 Days Later Movie Review

Secret Cinema Presents: 28 Days Later Movie Review

Expectations are a problem with this year's Secret Cinema event. After the jaw-dropping, goosebump-inducing surprises...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.